10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

As Many as Half of Students Absent, Education Secretary Cardona Linked to Letter Targeting Parents, 1 Million Fewer Students in College, and More

10. Nevada District Wants Parents Who Sued Over Mask Mandate to Pay $58K in Legal Fees

The Clark County School District is seeking nearly $58,000 in attorney fees from two local parents after a federal lawsuit challenging its face mask mandate was dismissed. Read Now

9. Portland District Calls Out Teachers Over ‘Unlawful’ Attempt to Shut Down Schools with Coordinated Absences

Portland Public Schools officials called out some unionized educators over allegations of coordinating efforts to shut down schools, warning staff that such activity is “unlawful,” according to an email obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive. Read Now

8. Florida Lawmaker Wants to Put Cameras in Classrooms and Mics on Teachers

The bill filed by Rep. Bob Rommel, a Republican out of Naples, is proposing to allow districts to adopt policies that could install cameras in classrooms and require teachers to wear microphones for all students. Read Now

7. Virginia School Board Member Admits ‘Anti-Asian Feel’ to New High School Admission Process

A Fairfax County school board member admitted in a text message to a fellow board member that the district’s new equity-focused admissions policy for an advanced high school in Virginia has undertones of anti-Asian discrimination. Read Now

6. Frustrated by Chicago District’s Union Battles, a Growing Number of Weary Parents Enroll Kids in City’s Catholic Schools

After the latest battle between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union led to canceled classes for 330,000 students, the phone lines at many of the city’s Catholic schools were jammed with calls this week from weary parents, inquiring how to enroll their children. Read Now

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EDEN: The K-12 Cartel Is Holding Children Hostage

America does not really have “teachers unions” in the traditional sense — that is, democratically representative entities promoting the collective will of schoolteachers. Instead, these “unions” are structurally, operationally, and essentially cartels. Read Now

5. Analysis Shows North Carolina School Choice Programs Save Taxpayers Up to $154.3 Million

Those figures translate to between $3,373 and $7,022 in local and state taxpayer savings for each student enrolled in these programs. Read Now

4. More Than 1 Million Fewer Students Are in College, the Lowest Enrollment Numbers in 50 Years

Compared with the fall of 2019, the last fall semester before the coronavirus pandemic, undergraduate enrollment has fallen a total of 6.6%. Read Now

3. Democrat Nebraska Senator Roasts Colleagues for Their Hypocrisy on School Choice

Sen. Justin Wayne (D) has been a voice for school choice in the Nebraska legislature over the pandemic and has passionately challenged his own party members to look past their hypocrisy and put students ahead of the status quo. Read Now

2. As Many as Half of Students Absent From Public School Classrooms Across the Country

Some of the country’s biggest school systems report absentee rates around 20% or slightly more, with some individual schools seeing far higher percentages of missing students. Read Now

1. Education Secretary Reportedly Solicited National School Board Letter Comparing Parents to Domestic Terrorists

The email exchange indicates Cardona was more involved with the letter’s creation than previously known. Read Now

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